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See the pics in the corner here? If you were watching a lot of football during the 1970s, you probably saw the guy in the purple jersey on your TV screen every now and then. And if you were watching a lot of the Minnesota Senate recount via The UpTake over the past couple of months, you probably saw the guy in the black robe and bowtie at least once. Turns out they’re one and the same:

Alan Cedric Page (born August 7, 1945 in Canton, Ohio) is a jurist and former professional American football player. He graduated from Canton Central Catholic High School in 1964, received his B.A. in political science from the University of Notre Dame in 1967, and received his J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1978. Justice Page is particularly notable for the fact that he is both a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and an Associate Justice with the Minnesota Supreme Court. Justice Page is married to Diane Sims Page and is the father of four children, Nina, Georgi, Justin and Kamie.

He’s picking the judges for the three-judge panel that will hear Norm Coleman’s contest of the recount.  He’s a good man.